I recently completed a c&p exam which concluded two mental disorders (MDD and GAD). I'm currently rated at 30% for mental health for about 6 years now (total of 40%).
I can't stop thinking about what the results will be for this exam and would appreciate some insight on some seemingly "scattered" results in regards to severity.
Some things appear to have been omitted while other details appear to be input incorrectly.
Thanks for the help.
Here's what I have. It's not the entire thing...I'm just really hesitant on posting certain things online that shows any kind of PII (even though this is anonymous.)
a. Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a mental
[X] Yes [ ] No
ICD code: F41.1
If the Veteran currently has one or more mental disorders that conform to
DSM-5 criteria, provide all diagnoses:
Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: Generalized anxiety disorder with panic
ICD code: F41.1
Comments, if any:
The veteran is service connected for social phobia which is now
diagnosed as generalized anxiety disorder with panic attacks, which is
considered to be a progression of his previous diagnosis of social
phobia. The veteran's current diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder
with panic attacks subsumes his anxiety condition and sleep
disturbances, as well as his symptoms of social phobia.
Mental Disorder Diagnosis #2: Major depressive disorder, severe
ICD code: F33.2
Comments, if any:
Major depressive disorder is a new diagnosis for compensation purposes,
and is at least as likely as not (greater than 50/50 probability)
related to his diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder. The veteran's
major depressive disorder symptoms of helplessness, hopelessness and
worthlessness are all related to his severe level of anxiety. The
veteran's diagnosis of major depressive disorder subsumes his major
depression and depressive neurosis.
b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the
Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): Chronic back issues interefere
with his level of sleep.
3. Occupational and social impairment
a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational
and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only
[X] Total occupational and social impairment
b. For the indicated occupational and social impairment, is it possible to
differentiate which impairment is caused by each mental disorder?
[ ] Yes [X] No [ ] Not Applicable (N/A)
If no, provide reason
Both diagnoses are comorbid and both equally affect functioning.
For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the
[X] Depressed mood
[X] Near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function
independently, appropriately and effectively
[X] Chronic sleep impairment
[X] Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions or recent
[X] Gross impairment in thought processes or communication
[X] Disturbances of motivation and mood
[X] Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social
[X] Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or a
[X] Intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living,
including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene
Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs?
[X] Yes [ ] No
7. Remarks (including any testing results), if any:
The diagnoses obtained were based on the criteria contained in DSM-5. The
veteran's psychological testing was valid and consistent with his report
today. He does report passive suicidal ideation, and stated he has no intent
to harm himself. He stated that several years ago he pawned his handgun. No
other weapons at home. He cited his daughter as a protective factor, even
though his ex-wife does not allow him to see her (and it may be that his
ex-wife is using the veteran's anxiety to deny him his right to see his
daughter as it is difficult for him to effectively communicate within a
public setting such as a court hearing and to a judge given his significant
level of anxiety and panic). No current active suicidal or homicidal ideation
was noted. The veteran has the national suicide hotline number for the VA.
Treatment options were specifically discussed, and he stated he would contact
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which impairs his ability to communicate by phone, I also contacted <blank>
and she f/u with me, stating she made an apt. for the veteran and he would be
contacted as to the time of this apt. She also noted his difficulty with
phone communication. The veteran's "intermittent inability to perform the
activities of daily living" noted above, as well as the "gross impairment of
communication" refers to the issue he has with effective communication given
his level of anxiety. These symptoms, along with his near continuous level of
panic which impairs his ability to function effectively, indicates
significant impairment for the veteran, even though he is managing to work
full time at this point. His ability to be effective at his job or at school
is considered to be impaired given his level of generalized anxiety disorder.
Application for vocational rehabilitation is noted in VBMS. He did have to
drop out a college due to his inability to perform public speaking. Given the
severity of his anxiety and now major depressive disorder as well, with the
addition of mental health treatment and continued medication management, his
prognosis for improvement is likely oonly fair.